VALDOSTA — Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia is no stranger to lending a hand to a variety of needs throughout the area.
A new BHS program, South Central Georgia Task Force, came from a meeting held for PATH and through a joint venture with the Valdosta Police Department.
PATH, or Programs Assisting in Transition from Homelessness, is a grant program put into action by BHS in 2015. The… goal of PATH is to reach out, to meet with and engage homeless individuals and to form a relationship.
With the number of homeless increasing in Lowndes County, the need for the task force became apparent, according to organizers. The group will also include Cook, Brooks, Echols, Lanier, Berrien, Tift, Turner, Irwin, Ben Hill, Atkinson and Coffee counties.
“You want to try to improve lives and resources and raise awareness,” said Berinda Nwakamma, BHS engagement/marketing coordinator. “There is a service and need that can be met through each of us and everyone brings something different to the table. We want to help find them a home and give them resources that get them closer to a home.”
The South Central Task Force held its third meeting last week at Habitat for Humanity.
The task force has brought together community members from a variety of local organizations including LAMP, Social Services, Valdosta Veterans First, The Haven, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness, Coastal Plains, Lowndes County Schools, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, etc.
The meeting, chaired by BHS Chief Clinical Officer Roz Johnson, discussed a variety of ventures including working with the Valdosta Police Department to have IDs made for homeless individuals as most treatment centers require some form of identification.
The shuttle service was discussed as Behavioral Health Services has been added as a stop. All organizations plan to encourage clients to utilize the free service.
Desiree Carver is Lifestyles Editor at the Valdosta Daily Times. She can be reached at (229) 375-5777
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